It's really, really depressing to read the U.S. political news these days. Here's Kansas Senator Pat Roberts -- who represents Kansas City, where Ford makes its hybrid Escape -- blasting the compromise worked out two years ago between the auto industry, environmentalists, states, and the Obama administration to improve the fuel economy of American vehicles by 35 percent by 2016.
Beyond affecting the way people power their homes and businesses, the administration has even moved to regulate what cars Americans can drive.
This was made evident by the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's decision last year to begin mandating greater fuel economy and emissions standards for all passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks.
Recent analysis has estimated this new regulation will cost the already struggling automobile industry upwards of 10.8 billion dollars to comply, and consumers up to 985 dollars per vehicle in higher purchase prices.
Now, one of the things I do want to see happen is EPA to be allowed to enforce the regulations it's evolving under the Clean Air Act.
EPA has been ordered by the courts to enforce the Clean Air Act. We at Exelon support their doing so. Like any other member of EEI, we might argue about any particular rule. We've never been in love with everything any government agency did yet and we'll doubtless find some fault in some of these.
But the thrust is that it's time to clean up the nation's energy fleet and it's time to enforce the existing law.
So not only are the sprouts of environmental reform vigorous but they are also breaking through the pavement in corporate America of all places. Big companies that for a long time hid behind Washington's failure to act are now getting out ahead -- because cleaning up their act is good business.
Yes, the political news is depressing. But America is moving anyway.
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